2009 Audi A8

  • 2009 Audi A8 Base Sedan

    Base Sedan

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      4.2L V8
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  • 2009 Audi A8 L Sedan

    L Sedan

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      6.0L W12
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2009 Audi A8 Review

The 2009 Audi A8 is designed with the performance, styling and creature comforts that attract discriminating drivers. It’s perfect for your daily commute, or for a long drive in the country. Its ride and handling on sharp turns is good, and braking is exceptional.

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The 2009 Audi A8, Audi’s full-size luxury sedan, displays Audi’s penchant for craftsmanship, performance and luxury. Seating five, it has the interior room to keep the driver and passengers comfortable. Whether you are interested in the Base quattro model, or one of the L quattro's (‘L’ signifying a longer wheelbase), the Audi A8 has many features and options that will satisfy the discriminating buyer.

The 2009 Base quattro is equipped with a 4.2-liter 350 hp V-8 engine and an AWD (all-wheel-drive) six-speed shiftable automatic transmission.

The 2009 Audi A8 L quattro is also equipped with a 4.2-liter, 350-hp V-8 engine and an AWD (all-wheel drive) six-speed shiftable automatic transmission. The L quattro has a longer wheelbase, which results in more rear legroom for passengers. The L model is five inches longer than the quattro. It shares the standard equipment of the quattro model.

The A8 L W12 is equipped with a 6.0-liter, 450-hp W-12 engine and an AWD six-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Standard equipment includes nineteen-inch alloy wheels, 10-way power driver and passenger seat with power lumbar support and height adjustment, massager in seats, Alcantara headliner, wood steering wheel, keyless entry and engine start-up, navigation system, reclining rear seats, four-zone climate controls, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, parking assist system, and electric sunshades for side and rear windows.

Many options are available to customize your vehicle. Available options include twenty-inch alloy wheels, upgraded leather trim, solar-powered sunroof, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot system, refrigerator (L W12 model), and a 1000-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system.

The Range

Body styles: sedan
Engines: 4.2-liter 350 hp V-8, 6.0-liter 450 hp W-12
Transmissions: six-speed shiftable automatic
Models: Base quattro, L quattro, and L W12 quattro

What's New

  • The Premium Luxury package has been discontinued; all of the equipment is now standard
  • Additional standard equipment includes keyless entry/start-up, power door closers, sunshades, parking system with rearview camera, and four-zone climate control


Audi’s distinctive grille appears on the A8, as well as adaptive headlights and mirrors with turn signals. The 2009 Audi A8 continues Audi’s line of cars that go for quiet elegance rather than flash.


The interior of the 2009 A8 provides the utmost in styling and comfort. All materials are quality, and the fit of panels is flawless; a range of wood finishes can be selected, and aluminum and Alcantara give the A8 an opulence that Audi drivers expect. Seats are upholstered in leather, with fine attention to stitching. The power seats provide the ultimate in comfort for the driver and front seat passenger. Legroom in the L models is 42 inches for passengers in the rear seat.

Audi’s MMI controls all electronic functions from a single knob.

Standard equipment in the base model includes variable intermittent rain-sensing wipers, rear defogger, power rear sunshade, manual sunshades for rear side windows, power sunroof, power door locks, power windows, power heated mirrors with turn signals and reverse tilt to provide curb view when backing up, tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with speed-proportional power steering and audio control functions, paddle shifters, mechanical center differential, center limited slip differential, 10-way power driver and passenger heated seats with power lumbar support and height adjustment, premium leather upholstery, rear ventilation ducts, cruise control, front console with storage, universal remote transmitter, 12V power outlets, interior charcoal filter, dual-zone climate controls with extended cabin heating, alloy and wood interior trim, self-dimming rearview mirror, memory settings for four drivers, tachometer, trip computer, external temperature display, Audi MMI (Multi Media Interface, and 350-watt Bose premium audio system with AM/FM/CD-changer/MP3/Satellite/iPod and twelve speakers, memory card slot, and radio data system.

Performance & Handling

The engines available in the A8 line are designed to deliver power. The quattro engine can go from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds; the L W12 engine improves on that record by half a second.

The W12 is like having two V-6 engines hooked together. It offers exceptional performance, but is more compact than a V-12. The six-speed Tiptronic transmission delivers AWD traction in all four wheels.


Front side-mounted airbags, rear side-mounted airbags and full-length curtain airbags are standard, as is four-wheel ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), remote anti-theft alarm system, emergency braking assist, electronic brake force distribution, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, cornering lights, daytime running lights, fog lights, high pressure headlamp washers, dusk-sensing Xenon HID (High-Intensity Discharge) self-leveling headlights, stability control, traction control, engine immobilizer, pre- and post-collision safety system, and tire pressure monitoring.

EPA Fuel Economy

Audi A8 quattro and L quattro: 16/23 mpg in city/highway driving
Audi A8 L W12: 13/19 mpg in city/highway driving

You'll Like

  • Legroom in L models
  • Engine performance
  • Understated elegance of interior

You Won't Like

  • Paying at the pump
  • Shifting irregularities on inclines

Sum Up

The 2009 Audi A8 is designed with the performance, styling and creature comforts that attract discriminating drivers. It’s perfect for your daily commute, or for a long drive in the country. Its ride and handling on sharp turns is good, and braking is exceptional.

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